Members of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of the Red Hat Society in Alamogordo, New Mexico drove to Ruidoso/Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico to visit Hubbard Museum of the American West, shop and dine. There was a bit of rain, sometimes heavy, but Red Hatters never let a little rain stop them.
First stop was the museum in Ruidoso Downs where they have a wonderful collection of art, Indian artifacts and old west transportation wagons and stage coaches. Everyone had a great time exploring the museum and, of course, purchased some items in the gift shop. From here we headed to the lovely Cherry Blossom Shoppe on Sudderth Drive that has great bargains in wearing apparel. They even have a Red Hat section and a couple of the girls bought hats there. Their employees are very helpful and try to find what you are looking for in the right color and size.
From here we went to Michelino's Italian Restaurant for lunch and it was most enjoyable. I had an Italian sausage sandwich and a cannelloni for dessert and several had spumoni for dessert. Then it was time to head back home to the Tularosa Basin. By this time the rain had quit so it was a pleasant drive with the mountains and desert looking fresh and clean from natures showers.
|Do to the downpour just as we arrived, Trudy was unable to bring her motorized scooter in so she opted to wait for the rest of us to explore the museum as she had been there before anyway.|
|I shot the picture of Jean without an alert-she is usually smiling but was concentrating on shopping in the gift shop|
|Gail, another shopper, not disappointed by the offerings of this gift shop|
|VQ Donna looking lovely in her new glasses|
|Jean inspecting a wagon|
|Darla noted in this picture that they had added a tiny "E" on the Bakry sign|
|Gail checking out the stage coach painted in bright colors|
|Painted Apache cookware|
|An Apache Ritual Circle|
|War poles under glass|
|This proved to be quite an elaborate chuck wagon|
|A close up of the cook's fireplace next to the chuck wagon|
|This is a no frills chuck wagon, but quite adequate|
|Jean had planned to get on the horse, but the saddle was too loose|
|A wonderful painting of an abandoned jail|
|L to R: Gail, Darla and Jean discussing the ancient cart in front of them|
|This very crudely made cart was set up to be pulled by two oxen|
|Gail took my picture by this lovely two person carriage|
|These are Cherokee dolls on display|
|L to R: VQ Donna, Jean and Valerie enjoying lunch|
This is all I have to say for now.